I am one of those cyclists who cannot seem to work out if they are a weekend road rider, a trail blazer, a cyclo-cross racer or A BMX bandit. To put it simply, I like riding bikes no matter what the wheel size or the terrain – this is not a bad thing. I’m almost certain half of you reading this will have “problem” as me.
If you do suffer from the same “problem” as me – I’m certain your life is filled with the same trivial frustrations. You hear the same algebraic gag about the number of bikes you own at least once a week, you own more bikes than your tiny flat can fit, and you wonder how you are going to afford to service your road bike.
I own currently a comfortable road helmet, a less comfortable aero road helmet, an old stinking skid-lid (skate helmet) and an over the top full-face helmet for BMX racing. Now that just leaves me in the market for a trail helmet, something that will protect my head a little better than a road helmet, something that is comfortable and light enough for a long outing, and potentially most importantly, something that won’t make me look like a roadie out of my league on the trails… Not too much to ask.
There are a vast amount of options and styles for trail helmets on the market, and a vast range in prices too. I was doubting the £55 Specialized Tatic II was up to the task. I was wrong…
The first thing I noticed was the build quality. The in-moulded construction maximises its strength, while keeping weight to a minimum. To me however, the helmet looks and feels tough. The helmet also drops down at the rear quite a lot more than a normal road helmet to offer more protection on the trails, something you definitely want, to inspire confidence when riding technical rocky terrain, or fast single track descents.
The Tatic II is now the most comfortable helmet I own, which seeing as its not the lightest is pretty impressive. The Tatic II comes in at just under 335grams – compared to the weight of my Giro Synthe road helmet (234grams) – but it is definitely the most comfortable. You barely notice it on your head. The comfort of the helmet therefore must come down to its large absorbing pads (of which there are plenty), it’s really good fit and the adjustable retention system at the back. All of which I have absolutely no qualms over. There are plenty of vents too keep your head cool and allow sufficient airflow. Also the detachable and adjustable visor did a really good job at keeping both the rain and sun out of my face.
In conclusion this is a really great helmet. Even more so when you consider its price. It not only ticks all of the trail blazer boxes, it could also easily replace nearly all of my other helmets, easily answering my cyclo-cross and commuting needs. Did I mention it is super comfortable?
Thanks to Cycle Plan for asking us to review the Specialized Tactic 2.